The Ramayana and the Mahabarrata - Examples of Dharma in...

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Examples of Dharma in the Ramayana: o Rama is exiled for 14 years; it is his duty to slay Ravana. o Rama’s dharma overall is to create social order in his kingdom o He is a role model for his people and sets the welfare of his people before himself when he exiles his wife Sita. o Sita’s dharma is to be the catalyst in the potter analogy o Sita asks Rama to catch the golden deer o She goes to the forest with Rama o Tells Lakshman to help Rama o Hanuman’s dharma is to bring back Rama and Lakshman when they die in battle with magic herbs o Ravana represents anti dharma o Lakshman also represents anti dharma when he cuts off Ravana’s sisters part. Examples of Karma in the Ramayana: o Dasharata kills hermit in a previous life and is cursed to grief over a son. o Dasharata performs horse sacrifice given divine rice and milk for his wife o Sita gets kidnapped gives Rama a reason to kill Ravana o Ravana rapes a women and is cursed If Ravana tries to rape Sita he will die, hence he
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This note was uploaded on 05/07/2008 for the course CMLIT 108 taught by Professor Adamsfredcalvin during the Spring '08 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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